Candidate Profile
Sandra Elaine Dowling

Republican , Arizona


Sandra Elaine Dowling
U.S. Rep., Dist. 8

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon


Reported by Candidate

Frank Thorwald, John Heep, Dennis Zinke, Larry Sorenson, Fran Noe, Richard Mack


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.


More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.


The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.


Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.


People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Disagree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Strongly Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Medical issues related to mother or child Incest

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Strict immigration controls, including a travel ban for those entering the country from nations struggling with radical Islamic terrorism The United States needs to hold regional governments accountable if they funnel money overtly or covertly to terrorist groups. Applying the necessary political and economic pressure, including sanctions, to compel rogue governments in the Middle East to cease their sponsorship of terrorism. Ease the rules of engagement for U.S. troops to defend and protect themselves against terrorist acts.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

America's Founding Fathers did not want a tyrannical form of government. Instead they wanted states to function independently but similarly and they wanted a citizen government. In order to do so they created three branches of government to serve as a check and balance on each other.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Roman Catholic

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?


Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

no answer

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Obamacare should be repealed and replaced. Any new program should be modeled after programs currently available to members of Congress and federal employees. Any replacement should include the ability to choose your own doctor, a choice in medical plans, a comprehensive package that ensures coverage for pre-existing conditions, affordable medication and the ability to purchase from any insurer.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The government's role in the economy is to help correct market failures, or situations where private markets cannot maximize the value that they could create for society. This includes providing public goods, internalizing externalities, and enforcing competition. The federal government guides the overall pace of economic activity, attempting to maintain steady growth, high levels of employment, and price stability. By adjusting spending and tax rates (fiscal policy) or managing the money supply and controlling the use of credit (monetary policy), it can slow down or speed up the economy's rate of growth.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Tax code changes implemented by President Trump for individuals are set to expire in 2025. These changes need to be made permanent. Congress needs to explore a "flat tax" in which every American pays the same percentage of tax or alternatively a "fair tax" in which taxpayers on taxed based on consumption of goods and services.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

The best way to bring down unemployment is to: 1. grow the economy. 2. create fair trade and tariff agreements with other countries that don't penalize or give away American goods and services 3. provide unemployment insurance benefits that gradually decreases benefits for workers until they are able to recover from their unemployment situation and help to incentivize them to stay in the job market 4. limit the length of time non-citizens can be employed and the number of VISA's granted for employment purposes and ENFORCE THE LAW 5. provide job-training and incentives for students to enter into areas of study that are critical employment opportunities for the United States in the future

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Social security is an earned benefit NOT an entitlement. Only those individuals that have paid into it should receive benefits. Political refugees, illegal immigrants and minors should be excluded from any payments from the fund. Social security should be self contained (invested monies from recipients should be reinvested in a Social Security Benefit Trust and the interest received put back into the program) Congress should be prohibited from spending the money from Social Security in any other program.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Bachelor Degree in Secondary Education - Arizona State University Master's Degree in Educational Leadership (Public Policy) Arizona State University West Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership (Finance) Northern Arizona University

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 623-282-1935

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Constitutionally, the federal government should play a limited and minimalist role in our daily lives. Many of the answers provided above were directed at the role of the government rather than the issue identified in the question. I oppose burdening our citizens with unnecessary government regulation, bureaucracy and laws.


  • Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ed.D, 1994
  • Arizona State University, Phoenix, M.A.Ed., 1991
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, B.A.Ed, 1979
Work & Military
  • United States Marine Corps, Lance Corporal, 2
  • Arizona Republican Party, Precinct Committeeman
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Eucharistic Minister
  • Disabled American Veterans, Member
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Member
  • Maricopa County School Superintendent, Held 1989-2009
  • Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Sought 2014

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